Monday, December 9, 2013

An Exchange, a Little Christmas Gift-a-Way and we're at #12......

Gentle Friends I loved that I hope you enjoyed the "Specials" post from Saturday.  I couldn't just not leave off TV Christmas offerings.

I mentioned last week about the Exchange I did with Shirlee over At "The Easily Influenced Stitcher" - well she got my box of cheer and here's the ornament I sent along to her......

... I stitched a chart form the 2005 JCS from BBD - it had a real old fashioned feel about it so I used some velvet/lace ribbon I have had for just such a special Christmas piece - I used Gloriana Silks and stitched it on a piece of opalescent linen, that reminded me of glistening snow.  It was a a really fun exchange.

In conjunction with my Saturday Posting I wanted to hold a little Christmas Gift-a-Way - and since I am doing Christmas Films what better than to give away some of those films that I am Posting about......

.... I picked up 4 Films that are great favorites of mine for the Gift-a-Way - to enter the Gift-a-way is super easy - just leave a comment on this Post Only with the title of the DVD that you want and that's about it - there will be 4 Winners, one for each title - make sure in your comment that you leave a way for me to contact you.  This Gift-a-Way is open to anyone anywhere - just remember that these are region 1 DVD's - if you have a multi-Region Player that will not be a problem, but I thought I should mention that little fact.  I'll run the Gift-a-Way through the week and close it on Friday, 12/13, then over the weekend I'll have the Who Hounds pick 4 names and announce the winners on Monday December 16th. I'll mail the packages out Priority so you have a good chance of getting your winning DVD by Christmas!!

Today's film #12, I've sort of tied to Saturdays post and "The Homecoming" - 

"It's a Wonderful Life" - 1946 - starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Beulah Bondi.  This film actually has two ties to "The Walton's."  The first is more obvious tie with Ellen Corby.  She plays Esther Walton, the grandmother on the Walton's in both "The Homecoming" and the series.  In "IaWL" she has an uncredited bit part as Mrs. Davis (look for her the next time you watch the film).  The other tie is with Beulah Bondi, she plays Martha Corinne twice during the Walton's series - a great character actress if there ever was one!!  

The film is a perennial classic that gets played to death on TV, but I find myself watching it  3 or 4 times through out the year, it is one of my all time favorite films!  You can read all about the film HERE.  Here are a couple of interesting tid-bits about the film  - that it comes from the 1939 story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stren - and - in a 1973 interview Jimmy Stewart named this film as his favorite film of all that he had done.  Originally when released it had mixed reviews but as with so many films has grown in popularity and prominence with time and exposure.

I found the movie on YouTube - give it a look if you've never seen it before.......


That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,


  1. Such a beauty you sent to Shirlee.

  2. The ornament you stitched is very pretty!

    Such a generous giveaway. You definitely have the Christmas spirit Edgar! If I am one of the winners I would love to have A Charlie Brown Christmas.

  3. I enjoy reading your blog through the week. Always lifts my spirits with your incredible stitching and baking!

    If I should be picked, I would love Polar Express.
    Thank you, Amy

  4. The ornament you made for Shirlee is beautiful. I'm sure she loved it! I'd love to enter your Gift Away and if the Who Hounds choose me I'd love White Christmas. Thanks for your generous Gift Away!

  5. Beautiful stitching!

    I would love to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas. Thank you for hosting such a great Christmas Gift-a-Way!

  6. I would love to be in your give-away. I love Christmas movies. If I'm picked I'd love 'The Bishop's Wife'. Thank you Edgar! I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season so far.

  7. I love reading blogs this time of year as I love Christmas ornaments. Your ornament to Shirlee was really nice and I loved the thought and symbolism you put into it. Only a switcher can truly appreciate that. I watched It's A Wonderful Life while decorating the tree last weekend; never tire of that movie. If chosen for your giftaway, I'd pick The Bishop's Wife. Love classics.

  8. I love my ornament ... thanks again : ) Don't include me in your very generous giveaway ... John & I already have those shows. I agree with you on It's A Wonderful Life ... it's a wonderful movie!

  9. Well, I must agree with all four of your movie suggestions because I have them all! I always watch "It's a Wonderful Life" whilst decorating our tree and at the end of the movie, Hubby and I huddle together, eat cookies and cry. Merry Christmas!

  10. Both of your exchanged ornaments are pretty. I love that you call your little doggies the Who Hounds.....I would steal the title but we have cats! Please enter me into your drawing. I also would choose The Polar Express. Thank you.


  11. Wow, the movie is on Youtube?? Bizarre! I love that movie! Definitely one of my favorites. Love Jimmie Stewart! The ornie is gorgeous too! As for your giveaway -- how sweet are you! I'd love to win the Bishop's Wife. Thanks!


  12. What a beautiful ornament! It is embellished with such beautiful things. If I won, I'd pick The Bishop's Wife!

  13. Dearest Edgar: Lovely ornament so pretty love the beads on the side and the color.
    Super great flicks.
    Merry Christmas


  14. Love the ornament as I am sure Shirlee will too!
    Just watched "It's a Wonderful Life" last evening with my three grand daughters. I never grow tired of it.
    I would pic the Bishops Wife. Love to watch that one too but have not purchased it or found it.
    Thanks! My email is dede @ removing the spaces.

  15. I love the variations in the red on the ornament.

    I would go for Charlie Brown's Christmas. We don't have that one and I think the girls would like it.

    P.S. My mom loves The Bishop's Wife and I finally tracked down the DVD for her a few years back to replace the taped-off-the-TV version she'd been watching.

    P.P.S. I can never decide if I like White Christmas or Holiday Inn better...

  16. I love your exchange ornament. Beautiful. Thank you for the Gift Away! If I am chosen I would like White Christmas. I am a sucker for musicals.

  17. We're going to see White Christmas on the big screen in two weeks! I'm so excited. We did this two years ago--all the family's girls went--and it's a singalong. Who can resist "Sisters?" Fortunately (for me anyway, not the dude!) we own these, so no need to enter me.

    Great ornament!

  18. Beautiful ornament you stitched! It would be an honor for the Who Hounds to pick my name for the DVD The Polar Express. It sounds like a perfect movie to watch during the Christmas season. Thanks Edgar!

  19. Oh I would love so dearly A Charlie Brown Christmas - my sister adores the Peanuts gang and she's had a rough time of it this quarter in school so it would be a nice surprise for her! Thank you for the chance to enter!

    Merry Christmas!


    ljmcd7 @

  20. I love this ornament. I have stitched this one in the past. What a lovely giveaway!
    Have a great rest of the week!

  21. Love the ornament. You do such a beautiful job with your pieces :) Lucky Shirlee.

    How generous of you to share movies. My pick would be The Bishop's Wife. Needless to say, I love Cary Grant and Loretta Young is a favorite of mine, too. The story has a wonderful "moral-of-the-story" to it.

  22. Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for all your inspiration through the year and the generosity of your gift-away. I have always loved both White Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas and would be thrilled with either of them.

  23. Oh you generous young man! White Christmas please :)

    I love your ornament and I have this one on my list....but it gets longer and longer...

  24. Edgar....I'm sorry. I left out my email address on my post above. I had picked The Polar Express as my choice. Thank you.


  25. What a fun give away at Christmas. Your pick of films sure beats whats on TV. If the tiny Who Hounds happened to pick me I would choose The Bishops Wife as Carry Grant is a favorite. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!


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